Total Time
Prep 40 mins
Cook 3 mins

This is made every year for a local Irish festival. Simple and easy, it's traditionally served as part as the Traditional Ulster Fry with bacon, eggs, sausages, etc., but is great warmed and sprinkled with salt or smothered in butter, cheese, or jam. It's also great with savoury stews.


  1. Please note the above ingredients are approximate. Potato Bread is best made while potatoes are still hot.
  2. Peel and boil potatoes until tender.
  3. While hot, mash potatoes well with salt and butter.
  4. Gradually work in flour in smaller increments until a soft dough forms. Dough should be a little tacky but workable.
  5. Turn out onto floured surface and knead for about 1 minute.
  6. Divide and roll into a circular shape about 9" and 1/4" thick.
  7. Cut into 6 or 8 'farls' (wedges).
  8. Grill in a hot, greased griddle or pan until well browned on both sides.
Most Helpful

I use the exact same ingredients for my "fadge." This is a great recipe that I have been perfecting for years and make for my husband who is from "Norn' Iron." Don't hesitate to leave a few tiny potato lumps, it makes the farls a bit more luscious. Try not to use excess flour when shaping the rounds; I have found the best way to shape the bread is to use your hands instead of a rolling pin and a pizza cutter to slice before cooking. Thanks for posting this great recipe for others to try!

ldmck227 January 22, 2014

Been making soda bread for decades and love trying all the different varieties (besides the old family recipes). When making potato breads, I find that using a potato ricer really helps to get the smoothest "mashed" spuds to mix with the flour. Besides, grandma always said that using the ricer was the only way to get "proper praties".

patmick March 13, 2011

Thanks DiLo for your Irish Potato Bread recipe. I just came upon it by chance. All of us girls in the family have tried to get "traditional" Irish recipes from our 95 yr. old Mom, but as she says, "It's all in my head, a bit o' this, and a bit o' that. I have tried potato bread, but not exactly the real thing perfected. Yours is and I agree, has to be with an Ulster fry. The Irish sausages are the best. Time for a real feed in Ontario.

crazee4cookin April 28, 2008